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California Bike-Sharing in Danger

For Immediate Release 8/5/22 Contract: Jared Sanchez, CalBike, (714) 262-0921, Jared@calbike.org Unless Fixed, AB 371 Could Kill Bike-Sharing in California Sacramento, Calif. – The California State Senate is considering a bill that will endanger bike and scooter sharing in California. The Kill Bike-Share Bill (AB 371) would require providers of shared bikes and scooters (whether […]

SB 932  Is a Plan for the Future that California Must Embrace 

For Immediate Release: 8/2/22 Contact: Jared Sanchez, CalBike (714) 262-0921, Jared@CalBike.org SB 932  Is a Plan for the Future that California Must Embrace  Sacramento, Calif. – The California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike) supports Senator Portantino’s Plan for the Future Bill (SB 932) to prioritize pedestrian and cyclist safety and fix the most deadly roads in our […]

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SB 932: How a California Senator and a Group of Activists Hatched an Ambitious Plan for the Future

The Plan for the Future Bill (SB 932) could change the shape of California communities for the better. That is if it survives its trip through the Assembly and eludes the governor’s veto. The bill, authored by Senator Anthony Portantino (SD 25) and sponsored by Streets for All and CalBike, will require regional and city […]

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CalBike Bids a Fond Farewell to Outgoing ED Dave Snyder

CalBike’s long-time executive director, Dave Snyder, is moving to a new and exciting position as senior director of local innovation at PeopleForBikes. This is an excellent opportunity to take a look back at CalBike’s accomplishments during his tenure, how our organization has grown in size and influence, and what the future holds for CalBike. Reviving […]

CalBike Staffers Reflect on Bogotá Bicycle Adventure

In March, the city government of Bogotá, Colombia, through BiciActiva, invited three members of CalBike’s staff on an all-expenses-paid bicycling tour of Bogotá and its environs. It was an amazing cross-cultural experience that showed the potential to build biking infrastructure and culture with a tight budget and a lot of creativity. CalBike staff witnessed cargo […]

Executive Director Dave Snyder Announces Departure

July 19, 2022 Contact: Kevin Claxton, kevin@calbike.org, 909-274-0137 CalBike Executive Director Dave Snyder Leaving to Join PeopleForBikes CalBike to Begin Executive Director Search Sacramento: CalBike’s Executive Director, Dave Snyder, will leave the organization in August to take a position as Senior Director of Local Innovation at national advocacy organization PeopleForBikes. Since joining CalBike as Executive […]

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Update: E-Bike Voucher Program Moving Forward — Slowly

When the legislature allocated $10 million for e-bike subsidies in the budget for this fiscal year, it included language stating that the program would launch on July 1, 2022. However, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has moved more slowly, so the program is not yet ready to launch. Here’s what we do and don’t […]

California Highway Boondoggles

It’s Time for California to Stop Building Freeways. Full Stop.

We were disappointed to see AB 1778, Assemblymember Cristina Garcia’s bill to end freeway expansion in environmentally disadvantaged communities, die in the Senate Transportation Committee. But, at CalBike, we know that we often lose before we win. We’re in it for the long haul because critical advances like refocusing California’s resources away from climate-killing car-expansion […]

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California’s 2022 Budget: Better, but Still not Enough for Active Transportation

Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Legislature officially agreed upon next year’s state budget on June 30, 2022. It is the biggest budget ever set in California, and it includes the most significant amount dedicated to active transportation: $1.05 billion in additional funding.  However, a $1.05 billion increase is only a drop in the bucket […]

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CalBike Senior Policy Advocate Reflects on Big Picture Agenda

by Jared Sanchez The California State Legislature is advancing more bicycle-related bills than ever. At least three times this year, a legislative committee approved seven important policy changes in a single day. With my years of experience, I’ve never seen so much energy and attention on bicycling issues at the state level. I’m grateful to […]

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Voices of the Coalition Opposed to Kill Bike-Share Bill

On June 22, 2022, CalBike Executive Director Dave Snyder testified in opposition to a bill that would add an insurance requirement to shared bikes and scooters that is out of proportion to the potential harm caused by these devices. The cost of this requirement, if AB 371 passes, would put most private and public shared […]

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Election Recap: June 2022 Primary

Our June primary election Bike the Vote efforts proved vital to advancing our statewide bike agenda. Several of our endorsed bike champions will move on to the November general election. Despite the fact that we experienced perhaps California’s lowest ever turnout.  Low turnout could have negatively affected some relative newcomers to the political scene, who […]